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5 February 2016
Over the summer holidays Bronze, Silver and Gold participants were involved in two 4-day expeditions.

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Over the summer holidays Bronze, Silver and Gold participants were involved in two 4-day expeditions.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Although no-one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

Carl Bard

We always enjoy welcoming our students back for the start of another school year. The school comes alive, there’s excitement and a feeling of a new year with new possibilities. This is the time that we all think about new year’s resolutions. I had to smile about one woman writing that last year she had made a resolution to lose 10lb and this year she only had 15lb to go!

Whether we can make smart goals for ourselves, and work towards them during the year, has a great deal to do with our mindset. Students can have a fixed mindset or what I will call a ‘growth mindset’.

Here are some contrasting statements to illustrate this –

Fixed Mindset

Instead of: -

Growth Mindset

Try thinking:-

I’m not good at this.

What am I missing? Who could help me improve?

I give up.

This is going to take some time and effort. Can I use some of the strategies we’ve been talking about?

I’ve made a mistake, again.

What can I learn from this mistake?

It’s good enough.

Is this really my best effort?

I’m awesome at this.

I’m on the right track.

We all find it difficult to stick to our resolutions and to work to achieve our goals. A growth mindset encourages us to take things a step at a time, to be curious, to analyse and to actively seek out the help that is available.

I wish you all a happy, productive and interesting new year.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

Welcome back to Term One 2016!

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of a range of students and staff over the holiday break. Two overseas trips took place. Firstly thank you to Ms Lauren Richardson, Mrs Alison Davidson, Mrs Anne Ellis and the students who participated in the Latin/Ancient History trip toItaly. Also to Ms Lauren Rogers, Mr Dafydd Gwynn-Jones and the students who participated in the Antipodean trip toChina. The Gold Duke of Edinburgh students, led by Ms Anna Hyslop, completed a four day expedition from Mallacoota inVictoriatoMerricaRiverin southernNew South Wales.

Zoe Bott, Year 11 Waverley, attended the National Computer Science Skills summer camp during the holiday break. At the end of the camp she was chosen to receive a special award of a $1000 Science Technology Engineering and Science grant to go to towards CGGS computer science. The award was  donated by Wise Tech Global. Congratulations on an outstanding effort. Carla Sanfrancesco, Year 9 Deakin, was selected over the summer to participate in the Questacon Invention Convention and Charlotte Fouracre, Year 7 Glebe, was awarded the 2016 Goulburn Regional Conservatorium of Music Scholarship – well done to Carla and Charlotte.

Congratulations also to the Senior Council and Co-curricular Captains and Vice Captains who received their badges of office at the Commencement Assembly held on Tuesday this week. A special welcome to the many new students and their families who have joined our community this week - welcome!

I have quoted before one of my favourite observations about education – Yeats once said, ‘Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.’ A fire that we want to translate into a passion for life, meaning, well-being, great sense of self and purpose! 

Damaris Patterson

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

It was with great enthusiasm, that we welcomed returning and new students and their families into the ELC and Junior School this week. It is always heartening to see friends reconnecting and new friendships developing as the school settled down into a routine. 

61 new students joined our ELC and 83 at the Junior School this term, providing strong evidence that parents of children in Canberra value the quality of learning opportunities, outstanding teaching and dedicated pastoral care we provide.

In addition to welcoming new students we have recruited a number of exceptional educators to join our dedicated staff. The school attracts a large pool of quality applicants for advertised positions and we are pleased to welcome the following new staff members:

  • Miss Claire Northfield- Out of School Hours Care Supervisor
  • Mrs Jennifer Ferdinand- Teacher Librarian
  • Mr Chris Nairn- Pre-Prep Class Teacher
  • Ms Mary Bullock- Year 2 Class Teacher
  • Ms Theresa Martin- Year 4 Class Teacher
  • Ms Theresa Bethune- School Assistant
  • Mrs Linda Martens-Verstappen- School Assistant
  • Ms Cathie Bridge- School Assistant
  • Mrs Viktoriya Komarenko- ELC Co-educator

Whilst the students have been away for the summer break there has been much activity at the Junior School campus. Phase One of our playground upgrade has been completed with the addition of a new artificial sports court, a re-development of the Junior Primary sandpit, the installation of interesting pathways and landscaping to provide a more inviting environment for creative play and the creation of concrete area for outdoor learning, where outdoor furniture will soon be installed.

Inside the school building, the computer lab, which no longer suited modern day pedagogies has been redeveloped into an innovation space. Here students will engage in a range of activities including robotics, coding, filming. This area combined with the library and the addition of an outdoor learning space on the veranda above the Art courtyard will become our Research and Innovation Centre. We will be proud to share more information on this as the term unfolds.

This week we have been very fortunate to have Ms Angela Whitaker with us. Ms Whitaker will join us as Head of Junior School in Term 2, when she and her husband relocate from Hong Kong. Staff, students and parents alike have enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know Ms Whitaker and will continue to do so early next week before she returns to complete her time in her current school.

On a personal note I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the ELC and Junior School staff who do so much behind the scenes throughout the ‘holidays’ in order to prepare for the year ahead. Their dedication is second to none.

As a busy week concludes we look forward to an exciting and productive year ahead.

Damaris Patterson
Acting Head of Junior School 

There were many new and excited little faces that greeted the ELC and Prep teachers this week.

ELC AND PREP SETTLE IN5 February

There were many new and excited little faces that greeted the ELC and Prep teachers this week.

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CGGS has a long and proud tradition of offering scholarships to girls on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

Scholarships closing soon5 February

CGGS has a long and proud tradition of offering scholarships to girls on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

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We were delighted by the depth seen in last years’ Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) results. Combined with the International Baccalaureate (IB) results, 6.7% of CGGS ATARs were greater than or equal to 99 and more than one quarter were greater than or equal to 95. Furthermore, our median ATAR of 89.075 is an improvement of more than 3.3% over 2014, and also above the level reached in 2012, 2011 and 2010.

CHERIE TENG NAMED DUX AS SCHOOL’S MEDIAN ATAR RISES5 February

We were delighted by the depth seen in last years’ Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) results. Combined with the International Baccalaureate (IB) results, 6.7% of CGGS ATARs were greater than or equal to 99 and more than one quarter were greater than or equal to 95. Furthermore, our median ATAR of 89.075 is an improvement of more than 3.3% over 2014, and also above the level reached in 2012, 2011 and 2010.

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The 2015 CGGS Parents and Friends (P&F) Association Staff Awards 2015 were presented on 4 December 2015.

The 2015 P&F Annual Staff Awards5 February

The 2015 CGGS Parents and Friends (P&F) Association Staff Awards 2015 were presented on 4 December 2015.

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On Tuesday the Senior School held its annual Commencement Service and Leaders’ Induction.

COMMENCEMENT SERVICE5 February

On Tuesday the Senior School held its annual Commencement Service and Leaders’ Induction.

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Airbnb’s phenomenal success story formed the basis of my talk with our 101 Year 6 students on their Leadership Day.

Junior School Research and Innovation Centre 5 February

Airbnb’s phenomenal success story formed the basis of my talk with our 101 Year 6 students on their Leadership Day.

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Join us to kick off the new school year and our 90th Anniversary at the P&F Association’s Twilight Family Picnic on Friday 26 February at 6.00pm.

P&F ASSOCIATION TWILIGHT FAMILY PICNIC5 February

Join us to kick off the new school year and our 90th Anniversary at the P&F Association’s Twilight Family Picnic on Friday 26 February at 6.00pm.

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The Friends of Music would like to invite all parents (Junior and Senior School) to come along to the first meeting of 2016 next Thursday 11 February.

FRIENDS OF MUSIC5 February

The Friends of Music would like to invite all parents (Junior and Senior School) to come along to the first meeting of 2016 next Thursday 11 February.

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In January this year a group of 14 excited CGGS students, two parents and three staff set off for Italy on the Latin and Ancient History Tour.

Latin and Ancient History Tour5 February

In January this year a group of 14 excited CGGS students, two parents and three staff set off for Italy on the Latin and Ancient History Tour.

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To celebrate our 90th year CGGS is aiming to create the largest community team once again at the Canberra Mother's Day Classic on Sunday 8 May.

2016 CANBERRA MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC4 February

To celebrate our 90th year CGGS is aiming to create the largest community team once again at the Canberra Mother's Day Classic on Sunday 8 May.

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A number of our students have kept busy over the summer break, we are proud to celebrate their achievements.

Student Achievements5 February

A number of our students have kept busy over the summer break, we are proud to celebrate their achievements.

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Welcome to a new year of service(s) at CGGS.

Chapel News5 February

Welcome to a new year of service(s) at CGGS.

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Canberra Girls Grammar School is turning 90 this year!

GRAMMARIANS' NEWS5 February

Canberra Girls Grammar School is turning 90 this year!

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